There was a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart store, killing 20, and then another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine. I just want to address the possible contributors to these kinds of things in our society now, but also the calls for stricter gun control.
We can have stricter and stricter gun control laws, background checks, gun confiscation, but those policies will not solve these problems. Criminals who want to shoot innocent people don’t care if it’s illegal to shoot innocent people, or illegal to assault or kill people. They don’t obey the law because they are criminals, so they obviously won’t obey gun laws. They will get their guns illegally, on the black market or steal them (because they don’t care about laws against theft, either).
And what about killers who go on a knife-wielding spree, killing many people? Should we ban knives? So you can attempt to get rid of all the guns in society, but if someone is intent on killing people, that person will find a way, including driving a car or truck into a crowd, such as what happened in Nice, France on Bastille Day in 2018 that killed 84 people. Here is a list of many vehicle-ramming attacks. Should we ban cars and trucks and vans? (Oh wait, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez already wants to do that. Never mind.)
So, at the Walmart store in El Paso yesterday, if someone there had been armed, that person could have shot the shooter and disabled him and saved many people. Instead of 20 people being killed, perhaps only 5 — or even zero. Studies reinforce the assertion that armed citizens save lives in those cases when someone goes berserk.
Unfortunately, some people are motivated more by a need to control others rather than to save lives. Gun control activists don’t seem to mind at all disarming law-abiding citizens and making them defenseless, in the name of control.
But what actually is causing these mass killings these days? During the 1970s and ’80s there didn’t seem to be these kinds of incidents. I have seen assertions on the Internet of blaming psychiatric drugs and their side effects of aggression and violence. And that may very well be the case. However, each individual is ultimately responsible for one’s own actions, not Xanax or Zoloft, not booze, not Twinkies, etc.
But I think that our much more militarized society has had an extremely negative influence on people. America is much more militarized than ever before, especially since 9/11.
9/11 happened after a decade of war in the Middle East, started by the U.S. government in its 1991 war against Iraq, and then its sanctions and no-fly zones that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians mainly in Iraq. But after 9/11, George W. Bush exploited the people’s fear and panic to start yet another war, in Afghanistan, and then a new 2nd war against Iraq, even though Iraq and Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11.
So since 9/11, we now have a propagandized, militarized population, with military-worship at the NFL games, and a Leviathan bureaucracy in Washington turning the apparatus of war and surveillance against its own people.
The U.S. government has been on a killing spree in the Middle East especially since the early 1990s, and even more especially since the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. So it isn’t a very big shock that some particularly unstable individuals here in the U.S. would go on a killing spree. They see that violence is acceptable and justified, thanks to U.S. government propaganda and its wars. And, as Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation comments, it would be helpful if the U.S. government ended its killing spree overseas and bring the troops back to the U.S., as a good first step.